As God allows us to train disciples, church leaders and church planters in so many places, we are amazed at the new connections that are made around the world. As an example, through Chinese leaders in East and S. E. Asia, we were invited to introduce our training material to Chinese leaders in Europe. We have merely placed ourselves in the Lord’s hand to direct where we go and when.
Remember that the Apostle Paul had a similar experience in Acts 16. He and Silas “attempted to go into Bithynia [along the Black Sea], but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them” (16:7). There is no indication that Paul and Silas were discouraged, but continued moving westward in the direction of Troas. They knew that God had something else in mind for them and waited as they walked.
“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them” (16:9–10).
In the same way that Paul trusted the Spirit’s guidance in his ministry, we also are convinced that God shuts certain doors that we thought were good to go through. He has another door that is better and more effective for the spread of the gospel and principles of disciple-making, church planting and establishing. Ask the Spirit to lead and He will guide with accuracy and power!
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